There are several reasons that you may need a new garage door installed on your home. Maybe your current garage door is damaged beyond repair, it doesn’t match your home, or you’re just ready for a change. Whatever the reason, if you’ve determined that it’s time to have a new one installed, you’re going to need to know what’s out there. Believe it or not, there are a lot of different styles, materials, designs, and colors to choose from, as well as other things like insulation, R-values, and safety features to take into consideration. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some helpful tips for choosing a garage door.
Your garage door is a part of your home that’s just as essential as your siding, roofing, and drainage, especially when it comes to safety and overall aesthetic appeal. To ensure that you get the garage door that’s right for you and your home, be sure to contact a garage door specialist at Nabors Garage Doors.
Know What You Want
The first step to any garage door installation is knowing what exactly you want from a garage door. Some homeowners may be more interested in the design aspect of the door. Does it match with the rest of the home? Does the style add anything to the overall look of the home? Others may be more focused on the cost, security features, or the quality of insulation. Although these are all important, you’ll want to decide for yourself what’s the most important. You wouldn’t want your high-end home to have a steel garage door or a cheaper home to have a high-end carriage-style garage door. Let’s take a look at some of the features of garage doors to help you decide what you may want.
Of course, one major factor in finding the right garage door is the cost. As a homeowner, you have a lot to spend money on to keep it looking nice and working as it should so any price cuts are typically appreciated. You should speak with your garage door specialist about this. There may be a promotion on a particular door or there may be other ways you could save money during the garage door installation process.
Just knowing the difference between various materials could save you hundreds on your new garage door. The fanciest and most costly garage doors are typically wooden and are usually custom made. Fiberglass doors are mid-range and steel garage doors are the most budget-friendly.
While we’re on the topic of materials, we might as well go over some of the main differences between wood, fiberglass, and steel. Although steel and fiberglass garage doors are far more durable than wood, that’s not the only difference, otherwise, nobody would have a wooden garage door installed. If you have some extra money to have your door custom built and don’t mind putting extra time and money into maintaining it, wooden doors are one of the most aesthetically pleasing options.
If you want to replicate the look of a wooden garage door while still getting the durability of other doors, there are some fiberglass doors that are made to look like wood. Although steel garage doors can’t be made to look like wood, they have a certain style that works nicely with many homes.
Garage doors aren’t just used for security or to make your home look nice, they can also help you with insulation. Insulation is measured in thermal resistance with something called an R-value. This is the same measurement used for all types of insulation like your home’s siding as well. There are two things that determine an R-value: the thickness and the type of material that is being used. Garage doors with higher R-values have better insulation where ones with lower R-values have worse. This is an important factor to take into consideration because you can save a lot of money on heating and cooling each year with better-insulated garage doors.
There are just a few of the things you should take into consideration when you’re buying a garage door. Stay tuned for our next blog that will cover several more helpful tips for choosing a garage door. In the meantime, if you would like to speak with a garage door expert about replacing your garage door, don’t hesitate to contact Nabors Garage Doors. We are a family owned and operated garage door repair and installation and operate all throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. We’d be glad to speak with you and help you find the garage door of your dreams!